The NSW government will be handing out $100 vouchers for accommodation in Sydney’s CBD for around 200,000 people.
The idea is to entice people back into the CBD and help support local businesses. The plan was announced today by Premier Gladys Berejiklian as part of a broader tourism and events support package.
The vouchers are expected to be rolled out around inner city venues and is timed for a June release when tourism tends to be a bit quieter in the winter months. It’s believed that the staycations are timed also for the new Sydney Solstice Festival.
“With international, interstate and business travellers virtually non-existent for the past year, the CBD, and in particular the accommodation industry, has done it tough,” the Premier said.
“This new program will be in addition to our other stimulus measures such as the Dine & Discover scheme and will provide a boost to accommodation providers in what is a traditionally very quiet period.”
Premier Berejiklian also announced a number of measures to help the tourism, live music and events sectors — again, in broad strokes, with the minutiae set to be revealed at a later date. $24 million has been earmarked for tourism agency Destination NSW to administer a live music support package with Create NSW and the Office of the 24-Hour Economy Commissioner, $5.5 million is going to a business events industry support package to help businesses in Greater Sydney and across NSW, and $2 million will be put into a tourism industry marketing support package through the Love NSW campaign.
For more information about the $100 accommodation vouchers and the NSW Government’s new tourism, live music and events support measures, visit the government’s website.